As winter is upon us, it is time to start planning our vacations. It is the best season to travel to several parts of India which are way too hot in other months of the year. One such destination which is delightful during the winter season is Gujarat. Home to some magnificent temples and historical sites, Gujarat has loads to check out for all kinds of tourists. (ALSO SEE Best Family Resorts near Mumbai for Winter Holidays 2017) So, if you are looking for a pleasant getaway with your family and kids, we give you some of the best winter holiday destinations in Gujarat you can visit in 2017.

Great Rann of Kutch

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Sunset at Great Rann of Kutch in Gujarat

Perhaps Gujarat’s greatest natural attraction, The Great Rann of Kutch is a must-visit for all those who love wide landscapes and breathtaking sunsets. The 7,850 sq km desert is known for its vast marshy salt flats and the majestic Rann Utsav hosted here during winter every year. Rann Utsav is the best event to get a slice of the food, culture, and tradition of this region while enjoying its breathtaking natural beauty.

Gir Forest National Park

Lions in Sasan Gir, Gir National Park

Lions in Sasan Gir, Gir National Park

If you are a wildlife lover, then the Gir forest is your mecca. The Gir Forest National Park is home to the Asiatic Lion and offers a wonderful wildlife safari which gives you a sneak peek into the wilderness of the region.

Dwarka

Dwarka

Dwarka is one of India’s most popular religious spots. Home to the 2000-year-old Dwarkadeesh temple, Dwarka is one of the four major pilgrim centers that form the char dham yatra. Believed to have been established by Lord Krishna as his kingdom, Dwarka holds great significance for Hindu pilgrims. Apart from the temples, it is also known for its serene beaches.

Saputara

Saputara

Saputara

Saputara is a hill stations located at an elevation of 1000 m above sea level. As it is near the Maharashtra-Gujarat border, Saputara is also easily accessible from places like Mumbai. It is known for its salubrious climate and beautiful views and makes for a pleasant winter getaway. Popular attractions include the Saputara lake, Rajat Pratap trek and Nageshwar Mahadev temple. The Vansda National Park is a good picnic spot for locals and tourists alike.

Sabarmati

Sabarmati Gandhi Home

How can one forget that Gujarat is the land of the great Mahatma Gandhi. This is where he was born and it is where his base was for several movements. Above all, Gujarat is home to Mahatma Gandhi’s remarkable Sabarmati ashram. An epicentre of India’s independence movement, Sabarmati ashram is located on the banks of the Sabaramati river. Today, it serves as a national movement and gives you a sneak peek into the inspiring life of Bapu and his teachings. Winter is the best time to visit Sabarmati.

So, this winter, give the clichéd spots a break and explore Gujarat to get a slice of Indian culture, traditions, history and architecture.